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DNREC Encourages Rain Barrel Use with New Video

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Three homemade, hand painted rain barrels. Photo:Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Three homemade, hand painted rain barrels. Photo:Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
DOVER, Del.- The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control have released a video teaching residents the harmful effects of rainwater runoff, and showing how to build a cost effective rain barrel to lessen the problem.

The video, released on the department's YouTube channel, details how runoff from the roofs of houses during storms can collect oil and chemicals before making its way into the state's waterways.

Officials say anyone can create a rain barrel with a kit that can be found at most hardware stores. Using a drill and zip ties, a standard trash can or plastic barrel be transformed in under an hour.

According to the DNREC, water captured in a rain barrel can be used for a variety of purposes including watering the lawn, cleaning tools, and washing cars, though it shouldn't be drank or cooked with.

A 55-gallon container can be filled in as little as one significant rain event, officials say, giving residents a way to save money, while protecting the environment at the same time.


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